Scary Roller Coasters

Former aerospace engineer Jim Seay explains why people of all ilk the world over love to be scared to death on roller coasters. He should know – he’s the creator of the world’s scariest coasters and he is our special guest this week. One of the oldest types of amusement parks – dating back 100 years – is the trolley park and there are only 11 true examples of this wonderful slice of Americana still in operation. Author and long time historian of Trolley Parks, Ron Gustafson, tells us why these remaining gems are loved by all who attend.



  • The Odditorium’s manager Michael Hirsh also outlines the other exciting sideshow acts lined up for the summer.
  • Chad Netherland of Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach reports that the aquarium will become the first major U.S. aquarium to feature live mermaid shows on a daily basis throughout the summer!
  • Edward Meyer lists the articles found in a lake that lies below a major European roller coaster, including false teeth and glass eyes!
  • Ronald McDonald stops by for another visit and tells us that he has been a fan of Ripley’s for years and then gives us his impersonation of Jack Palance’s rendition of “Believe It or Not!”
  • Intern Abby reports on the Happify app and Ralf explains why Texas is trying to make noodling (catching catfish by hand) legal

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